(From left) Managing Director Jerry Kane, MCT Board Chairman Dan Corbett, ACT Driver Theresa Blair and Director of Operations Tony Lafata.
GRANITE CITY — The MCT Board of Trustees on April 28 recognized ACT (Agency for Community Transit) paratransit driver Theresa Blair, of Wood River, for 15 years of perfect safety and conferred on her the prestigious Nelson Hagnauer Award for excellence in service.
As defined by the National Safety Council, to retain the perfect safety designation, drivers must,make every effort to avoid an accident. Over the last 15 years, Blair has logged more than 31,000 hours behind the wheel of a paratransit vehicle without a preventable accident. The award is named in honor of former MCT Board Chairman Nelson “Nellie” Hagnauer, who was instrumental in the development of MCT’s system of multi-modal transportation services. In addition to his years with MCT, Hagnauer was Granite City Township supervisor for 35 years and served on the Madison County Board for 41 years, including 24 years as chairman.
The board also approved a contract for the construction of a new multi-modal park and ride facility in Troy.
The $2.8 million contract was awarded to the lowest bidder, Keller Construction of Glen Carbon. The facility will be located at the intersection of South Main Street and U.S. 40 and will replace the current gravel lot, which has reached capacity. To accommodate growing MCT Express ridership to Downtown St. Louis and the SIUE campus, the new facility will include an 180-car parking lot (expanded from 110 spaces), and a passenger shelter. A 3,000-foot bike and pedestrian trail will be extended west from the site to nearby Spring Valley Road. Prior to construction on the new park and ride lot, a temporary parking area will be created immediately west of the site for passengers who ride the No. 14 Highland Express and the 13X Highland –SIUE Express. Construction is scheduled to begin in May and expected to take about one year to complete.
In other action, MCT Trustee Terry Allen recommended approval for special transportation services to be provided for the International Horseradish Festival in Collinsville. The annual event will be June 4-5 at Collinsville’s Woodland Park. MCT will provide shuttle service to the park from the parking lot at Collinsville Intermediate School, 1841 Vandalia.